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2-27-2012 @ 1:18PM
I know my warlock was in that same boat. I was destruction specced, but expected to go demonology for heavy AOE fights. What was destruction's worst stat? Mastery. What was demonology's best? Mastery. Was I allowed to roll on off spec gear? Nope (mostly because there's such a huge demand for cloth gear in my guild)
2-27-2012 @ 11:06PM
The thing is, though, unless you're currently in BIS gear or fairly close to it, there's not much difference. And unless you're in a realm-first guild or one competing to be such, it doesn't matter much. What do you lose, a couple k dps by being more mastery heavy than you ought to be? Reforge as needed, if you're going to be an off-spec all night, else just don't worry about it.If you know you're going to be ased to switch specs often, reforge to a happy medium between the two specs. I can see the problem, but really, unless you're in the sort of guild who is going to bench you for not min-maxing, it's not as much of an issue as the article is making it out to be.And you should have just as easy a time picking up off-spec pieces as a hybrid would. A boomkin isn't going to be allowed to roll on agi leather unless none of the rogues/cats/bears need it; and you're not going to be allowed to roll on offspec cloth unless it's not an upgrade for one of the other DPS casters' main spec. Fair is fair.
2-28-2012 @ 1:07PM
@Snuzzle That isn't entirely true. I play a mage, my main spec is fire but I've switched to arcane to pull some more dps on a few fight. Like kabshiel was saying, certain stat weights are vastly different. With the same gear, for my Fire spec I had just over 8 or 9 mastery and around 25% crit, with my gear regemmed and reforged for Arcane I have around 18 mastery and 18% crit. Imagine me being told to go fire for one fight with my current gear setup, I'd do worse than the offtank. Which actually happened, I'm arcane for Hagara heroic since we have ranged stack in the center but we decided to down her on normal for the achievment so I switched to fire. I hardly broke 20k dps, the only reason I did is that i got a lucky Combustion off during heroism.
2-29-2012 @ 9:24AM
The thing is, especially for mages, it isn't just that arcane gear has a haste plateau to reach and fire will take as much crit as you throw at it; all of Fire's abilities proc off of crit. Messing with the RNG throws everything out of whack and takes a non-trivial chunk out of your dps.
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